Local MP Michael Moore has welcomed statistics released today which show a drop in the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders.
Figures show that in July the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the Borders was 1,715, compared to 1,754 in June, a drop of 39.
The MP for South Lakes Tim Farron has welcomed figures released today which show that unemployment has fallen in South Lakeland.
According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, Westmorland and Lonsdale's unemployment rate fell to just over one percent of the population aged 16 - 64.
This meant that there were 119 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 10 fewer claimants than last month.
The latest jobless figures have shown that while there was a drop in the number of unemployed in the Borders over the past month, there was also an increase in Dumfries and Galloway for the first time in five months.
The number of people who are out of work in the Borders stands at 1,955 - which is 32 down on last month - while in Dumfries and Galloway the figure is up by 66 to 3,322.
New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.
Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.
In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.
Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.
There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.
There’s been a significant drop in the number of jobless across the south of Scotland during the past month.
The latest figures show that in Dumfries and Galloway there are 144 fewer on the register at 3210 which is 3.5%, while in the Borders the 1981 (2.8 %) jobless is down by 118.